Benjamin Bacon is a hybrid medium artist and musician that creates work at the intersection of sound art, computational design, networked systems, and mechanical life installation and sculpture. In 2019 he was honored as a lifetime fellow at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media one of the oldest interdisciplinary centers for art and media technology. He is an Associate Professor of Media & Arts at Duke Kunshan University and he has held professorships at Parsons School of Design, New York University Shanghai, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Roy Ascott Technoetic Arts Studio and was also the former Director of the undergraduate Design + Technology program at Parsons School of Design.
He has shown in the USA, Europe, Iran and China in exhibitions such as Synthetic Times and Trans Life at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, Ho Gallery and the Chelsea Museum in New York and most recently his mechanical life and AI sculpture PROBE001: AVERSO SPECILLO DI DUCENDUM has been collected and is on permanent display at UNArt Center in Shanghai, China. He often speaks and conducts workshops on a number of different topics such as industrial revolution 3.0 focusing on the music industry and open-source digital fabrication along with post-planetary speculative design at conferences such as Alibaba UED UCANN Conference in Hongzhou, Shenzhen Graphic Design Association - Graphic Design Competition in Shenzhen, the Luminaries Conference in Shanghai, Design 3.0 Forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing, TEDx Ningbo, and more recently at 1212: Creativity in China at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He was also a visiting researcher at Nokia Research Center Beijing.
Benjamin Bacon has also performed or presented sound pieces in a variety of venues across the USA, Europe, and Asia under the name Soundspade. Over the last 20+ years, he has performed at festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen with his band Dies Irae ! US in the 1990’s and more recently he is the founder of the Black Eyeliner music events in Beijing and Voltage Divider live experimental performances in Shanghai, a series of live music, these interactive media and sound productions explore different experimental and avant-garde musical styles and non-traditional production methods. Most recently, he has been exploring bio-harmonics and machine learning with performances at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra accompanying a retrospective of musical works by composer B6 (Lou Nanli) and homegrown exhibitions of his Little Sound Machines, an ever-evolving Artificial Intelligent musical composition that is performed on up-cycled materials and parts.
Vivian Xu is an artist, researcher and designer from Beijing, currently based in Shanghai. Her work explores the boundaries between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of machine logic, life and sensory systems. She has shown and lectured at various institutions in China, the US, Germany, and Australia, including the National Art Museum of China, the Chronus Art Center, New York Science Museum, Art Laboratory Berlin and SymbioticA. She is the co-founder of Shanghai-based cross-disciplinary design lab Dogma Lab. She was Research Fellow at the Interactive Media Arts Program at New York University, Shanghai, and researcher and committee member at Genspace, a community bio lab in Brooklyn, New York.